The UK became the second country to officially record more than 40,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, as health officials said another 357 people who had tested positive for the virus have died.
So far, 40,261 deaths due to the virus have been recorded, giving the UK the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll behind the United States.
The actual Covid-19 death toll is widely considered to be higher as the total only includes those who have tested positive for the virus.
According to the department of health, 1,650 more people were recorded as testing positive for the coronavirus, pushing the country’s total caseload up to 283,311.
On Friday, leading medics and scientists called on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to order a public inquiry to prepare Britain for a second wave of the coronavirus this winter, warning that many more will die unless the country improves its response.